Compliance teams need continuous support and knowledge sharing to stay on top of regulatory initiatives. Our team helps Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) registrants and National Futures Association (NFA) members to streamline their business and operational processes and improve the quality and effectiveness of their compliance programs.
We provide compliance consulting and managed services to support futures brokerage firms, commodity trading advisors, and commodity pool operation managers with through every stage of their business from registration to policy development to ongoing support.
The registration or application process can seem lengthy, overwhelming, and daunting. We provide CFTC registration and NFA membership support to fund managers, trading advisors, and brokerage firms across the globe. Our team will guide you through the relevant steps in the registration process and assist with the development and implementation of your commodity interest-related compliance program.
Periodic testing of your firm’s governance and control arrangements, as well as its policies and procedures, is essential to help avoid the cost and reputational risk of future scrutiny and potential enforcement.
After completing our mock exam, your firm will: know how to prepare for its next NFA exam, be aware of potential deficiencies and corrective actions, and understand how your compliance program stacks up against your peers.
The NFA targets firms for inspections as part of its risk-focused exam strategy. When you are selected to be examined our team can assist your firm before, during, and after the exam by reviewing and organizing requested documents, assisting with deficiency letter response writing. Our team will prepare your firm for an inspection by the NFA’s examination staff by reviewing your firm’s compliance program from a regulator’s perspective.
As new rules and regulations are adopted and the regulatory landscape evolves your compliance manual must keep pace or risk leaving your firm exposed. Our team can assist you with a range of topical compliance challenges.
Gain more time in your day by outsourcing day-to-day compliance tasks that slow you down. Our team can support you with electronic communication reviews, online presence/social media reviews, holistic surveillance, marketing and advertising and financial promotion reviews, expert network chaperoning, regulatory filings, and more.
Latest insights from our NFA team
On September 16, 2021, the National Futures Association (“NFA”) issued a Notice to Members I-21-28 regarding changes to the definition of a branch office under NFA Interpretive Notice 9002. The rule was a response from the NFA in the recent trend in hybrid work environments as more employees are working from their homes.
On April 13, 2021, the NFA issued a Notice to Members regarding the recently adopted Compliance Rule 2-50 and Interpretative Notice 9080 requiring a CPO to file timely notices with the NFA when certain market events affect the ability of the commodity pool to fulfill its obligations to participants or counterparties, or result in the pool’s unplanned liquidation. Learn more in our recent compliance alert.
We are pleased to announce the release of our new master class series on the SEC’s Marketing Rule! Sponsored by the NSCP and ACA Group and developed by Patrick Hayes, host of the Compliance In Context Podcast, and Carlo di Florio, ACA Group’s Global Advisory Leader.
ACA Group has been named one of the 100 most innovative AIFinTech companies in the financial industry by FinTech Global.
For the second year in a row, implementing the SEC’s Marketing Rule for Investment Advisers remains the number one worry for investment adviser compliance officers, according to the 2022 Investment Management Compliance Testing Survey.